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K9 Cops to Dog Parks: Finding Funding for Fido

by Sherie Sanders on June 6, 2016
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Dog in Field in an Article About Grants for Police Dogs and Dog ParksWe already shared one article about grants for pets that municipalities are eligible to apply for. In honor of the dog days of summer, we fetched three more important canine-related grants that will make local governments perk up their ears for details:


A K9 unit can cost $10,000 - $15,000. While this is a considerable price tag, police dogs prove their worth many times over. Dogs can search an area up to 50 times faster than their human counterparts. K9s4Cops holds that in Houston alone, dogs they have provided the police department have assisted in 400 arrests, and helped confiscate over 80 firearms, $37 million in narcotics, and $2.7 million in cash since 2011. In the five years it has been in operation, K9s4Cops has placed over 100 dogs in 76 agencies across 29 states.

Applications for this grant are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered quarterly. Local governments and schools/school districts are eligible to apply.


Vested Interest in K9s

Police dogs deserve respect and protection. Vested Interest in K9s is a nonprofit that provides bullet and stab protective vests for canine officers. There are three requirements:

  • K9 must be actively employed in the U.S.
  • K9 must be certified with his/her current handler
  • K9 must be at least 20 months of age.

Applications for this grant are on a rolling, first come, first-served grant dependent on available funds. Eligible applicants are local governments/law enforcement units.


PetSafe Bark for Your Park

Four-legged law enforcement officers work hard and play hard. After their shifts, off-duty doggies may want to head to the nearest canine recreational facility to mingle with their civilian counterparts for a game of ball, frisbee, or competitive tail chasing. Last year, PetSafe changed the way they fund dog parks. Instead of just helping communities break new ground, there are now offering three different categories of funding:

  • $25,000 to five communities to build new dog parks
  • $10,000 to ten communities for park maintenance awards
  • $5,000 to ten communities for park equipment awards

Eligible applicants are local governments that have not won an award through this program in the past three years. (Past winners can still apply for a maintenance grant if it has been at least three years.) The submission period begins on May 1, 2017 and applications should be received before June 30, 2017.



Don't forget to check out the online stores offered by K9s4Cops and Vested Interest in K9s. You can shop for a cause and show support for law enforcement at the same time. Or share why dog parks are important to your community to win pet products for your own pets at home.

Topics: Funding News

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